The craft cocktail scene has taken the nation, and possibly the world, by storm – is a good way – for the past few years. Bartenders or mixologists have bravely taken us out of our comfort zones and have gotten us to not only like, but prefer, spirits we would never think of drinking, let alone order at the bar. You know the drill, a vodka soda, a vodka tonic, etc and there’s nothing wrong with that. In fact, welcome to the “new” world of luxury brand vodkas and rediscover this classic spirit worthy of a sip or two.
In the recent past, we wrote about Ultimat Vodka, a fine vodka that we, personally, enjoyed on the rocks with a simple twist in the stunning Riedel glasses that accompanied the cobalt blue decanter-style bottle. Welcome Elyx by a brand we know and trust, Absolut. The bottle alone is a work of art and one worthy of being on display. The brand debuted at a pop-up club of Ian Schrager’s EDITION Hotel in Miami during Art Basel.
Curious about the copper pineapple pictured above? It’s symbolic of the filtration process done by hand in a 1921 copper rectification still, or a Column 51, as it’s called, and made entirely of copper. The copper purifies the vodka and lends a silky texture and taste. While we enjoy a mixed drink, we enjoy this luxury vodka martini-style, up, cold, and a little dirty. For those who are more adventurous behind the bar, we’ve included a fabulous cocktail recipe below. As Keith Richards says, “I’ll have a screwdriver and throw a hammer in it!” Take our word for it, this is is one heck of hammer!
Driving Miss Daisy
4 PARTS ABSOLUT ELYX
2 PARTS SWEET VERMOUTH
6 PARTS HIBISCUS FLOWER TEA
3 PARTS SUGAR SYRUP
2 PARTS FRESHLY SQUEEZED LEMON JUICE
2 THUMBNAIL SLICES GINGER
COPPER PINEAPPLE VESSEL, GARNISHED WITH EDIBLE FLOWERS
SHAKE AND STRAIN INTO COPPER PINEAPPLE OVER CUBED ICE. CAP WITH CRUSHED ICE AND GARNISH